Port Macquarie Secondary Students Lead the Way in Year 6 Retreat

On the 21st of May, 18 Year 9 and 10 students from St Joseph’s Regional College, Port Macquarie (SJRC) supported 60 Year 6 students from St Joseph’s Primary Wauchope and St Joseph’s Primary School Laurieton on their Incitare Retreat. The Retreat was held at the school in Laurieton. The Ministry students ran ice breaker games, led small groups, participated in games and gave personal testimonies. These students dedicated time to preparing for the day, learning how to facilitate games and how to lead small group discussions. Many of the Yr 9 students had not participated in youth ministry events previously but all agreed how wonderful an opportunity it was and are now keen to attend SHINE in Term 3 and continue to work in ministry. The students were ably supported by the two YMOs from SJRC Emily Burg and Matt Strumolo, as well as RE Teacher Kathryn Gill. An email from Dane Seymour from St Joey’s Wauchope captured the success of the ministry initiative…

“Just wanted to thank you for your support of our Incitare student day today. The 9/10 students that supported the day were fantastic ambassadors for the College. The way they led and encouraged our students in a really authentic way was so nice. The YMOs, Matt and Emily, were also really influential and took great initiative within the day. These opportunities are really special for our students. Thanks for making it happen!

– Timo Gobius